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Living Beyond: THE POWER OF COMPASSION IN ADDICTION

Compassion is ultimately the ability to completely understand and share in the feelings of another. It is a powerful tool that redirects blame and shame. Its intentions are to help the...

The Interplay Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Addictive Illness

I have a beloved patient whose millennial daughter has proudly embraced her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder stating that understanding this diagnosis has notably enhanced her self-awareness and capacity for forgiveness...

Regulation of Depression By a New Type of Brain Stimulation In Addicted Patients: Reedeming...

Depression is also known as clinical depression and major depressive disorder (MDD). This severe medical illness affects 15 million American adults every year or about 5-8% of the adult population of...

Living Beyond: WHEN IS AN ADDICT MOST LIKELY TO RELAPSE

The risk of relapse is at its highest when an addict lacks support, accountability, and an ongoing relationship with a mental health professional. While the relationship with the mental professional may...
MIDLIFE: THE FORGOTTEN FRONTIER

Midlife: The Forgotten Frontier

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses...
PETS IN RECOVERY

Pets In Recovery

People have heartrending stories when they reminisce with their collection of, “Susie Q was the best dog…” or “I adored my cat Sammy…” We all remember that fi rst neighborhood kitten...

Why Self-Esteem Matters and How to Build Yours

Self-esteem is the belief that you are good enough and worthy of enjoying happiness, success, healthy relationships and a good life. From a psychological lens self-esteem is about how we evaluate...
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Reduce Relapse- Feed the Brain First!

It’s our brain’s job to help us cope with stress gracefully. To do that, it needs to be fed optimally. An addicted brain is a starving brain! Starving brains cause us...

TRAUMA THEN AND NOW (PART 2 OF 3)

Underlying Causes of Trauma What happens in the brain - The limbic system is a set of brain structures located in the middle area of the brain. The limbic system is responsible...

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NEW OPIOID DRUG POLICY (PART 2 OF 2)

This is the second installment of this article. In Part 1, I examined the first two prongs of the administration’s proposed three prong approach to ending the opioid epidemic. I showed...

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